1. Informal A ghost; a specter.
3. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.
v. spooked, spook·ing, spooks Informal
1. To haunt.
2. To startle and cause nervous activity in; frighten: The news spooked investors, and stock prices fell.
To become frightened and nervous.
[Dutch, from Middle Dutch spooc.]
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spook [spuːk] Informal
1. a ghost or a person suggestive of this
vb (tr) US and Canadian
1. to frighten to spook horses to spook a person
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“Take a trip into the world of deception and espionage that is MI5. Spooks… They do not exist, you will never know their names, and they are all that stand between you and those who would do your country harm”.
- ‘Spooks’ movie in the works, says Peter Firth (digitalspy.co.uk)
- At this point, it’s still just a rumor for me. (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Who says that men make the best spooks? | Robert McCrum (guardian.co.uk)
- EXCLUSIVE: ‘Spooks’ Film ‘In The Works’ (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- SpookSpeak: cryptic, but not cryptographic (chainmailcheck.wordpress.com)
- TV REVIEW: ‘Complicit’ Was A Quieter, Deeper, Bigger ‘Spooks’ (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- As filming begins, talk a walk in Sherlock’s footsteps…and revisit some of Spooks’ favorite haunts while your at it! (tellyspotting.org)
- The spook who’s got Britain’s legions of jihadists on the run (themuslimissue.wordpress.com)
- The spook who’s got Britain’s legions of jihadists on the run (telegraph.co.uk)
- Who says that men make the best spooks? | Robert McCrum (oddonion.com)